CB12 boost is a unique, sugar-free chewing gum with a patented technology and double action providing a cool and minty flavour and prevention of unpleasant breath containing zinc acetate. 

The chewing gum helps refresh breath immediately, instantly preventing any bad breath odours. It contains zinc, flouride and xylitol combating acid neutralisation, plaque growth and strengthening of teeth against cavities. 

I have always been a little self-conscious about having bad breath, always having gum or mints on had to freshen my breath when needed. Unlike other chewing gum CB12 is designed to help combat halitosis providing a nice minty flavour, however they do tend to loose flavour fairly quickly but I did notice that I did not feel the need to pop another one in my mouth so quickly in comparison to other gum or mints. They are on the expensive side but a pack of two, containing ten chewing gum pieces a pack has last me longer than a other chewing gum/mints. Overall, I do feel like they have helped with my oral health. They also look like mints, with a hard shell it is hard to resist the urge to suck not chew. 

*This product was sent to me for reviewing purposes, all thoughts and opinions are my own.


One thing I am trying to do this year is really think ethically about the products I am buying, are they cruelty free, are they natural? I have mentioned AA Skincare a couple of times on my blog and they fast becoming one of my favourite brands. Their products are natural, free from parabens, sulphates and artifical fragrances, they are also great value for money and the packaging is recyclable. The products contain essential oils which are combined with natural extracts and healing herb powders. Although there is no official mark on their products AA Skincare state "none of the ingredients we use in our products or the products themselves are ever tested on animals" 

Recently they have brought out a new hair care range with up to six different shampoos to choose from with a choice to suit every hair type, working with the hair and scalp to ensure healthy looking hair. I opted for the peony, bay and brahmi shampoo (£5.94, 250ml) a calming and balancing shampoo with anti-inflammatory ingredients to help maintain scalp health and boost hair growth with antioxidants to nourish and repair hair.  

If I had to describe my hair I would say it is limp, looks lifeless, dry, thin and flat. My hair can really been be the bane of my life because it never does what I want it to do, I want thick, shiny hair! The firsts things I noticed about the product is that it lathers up really well and it smells incredible, after the first wash I would definitely say my hair was looking a lot shiner than before. After using it for a couple of weeks now I can't significantly notice a difference in hair growth (neither my hair getting thicker or growing quicker) but overall my hair does smell good and looks a lot healthier. 

This is a shampoo I would buy again and use it in conjunction with their conditioner to see if that improves the quality of my hair even more.

Do you have any favourite natural shampoos? 

*This product was sent to me for reviewing purposes, all thoughts and opinions are my own.


the ocean at the end of lane

Year released - 2013

Plot - A middle aged-man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a remarkable girl, Lettie. He hasn't thought of Lettie in decades yet he sits by the pond..(and) the unremembered past comes back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone... 

The Ocean at the end of the Lane starts with our narrator telling us about feared disaster as a child, no one attending your birthday party, at the start of the story his parents have a lodger an opal minor who accidentally kills a kitten and subsequently ends up killing himself in the family car. It is here that the narrator meets Lettie Hepstock who looks after him and takes him to the family farm, it is from here that their friendship begins to grow. Lettie lives with Old Mrs Hempstock and Ginnie Hempstock who own an ocean that resembles a pond for frogs at the end of their garden. Strange events start to erupt in the neighbourhood after the death of the minor, coins turning up in the oddest of places which leads to an encounter with something mysterious, powerful and dangerous being. 

I have been dying to read this book for a long time, and I eventaully recieved it as a Christmas present last year and for me it did not dissapoint. This books has been labelled as a book for adults but a book children can read. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is childhood in a small book, it's sad, beautiful, magical and scary. This a wild fantasy for those who remember being child readers satisfying lovers of fairytales. I was competly absorbed and mesmerised by the narrative, it was beautifully written yet haunting. Throughout I did not want to put the book down, I wanted the story to continue for longer, I wanted to know what happened next. 

Have you read any of Neil Gaimen's books, let me know which ones you have enjoyed the most. 


Being quite a quiet person and lacking in confidence in certain areas I always try and push myself into situations out of my comfort zone. One of the things I hate doing is having my photograph it's rare and I always drag other people into the shot with me. A while ago I saw that Emma was looking for a model over on her instagram account, I said I would be interested but the spot was already filled and she would keep me in mind for any future shoots. 

A couple of weeks ago Emma asked me if I would like to model for her texturistic shoot inspired by the work of Lan Nguyen and pose as a Pierrot clown. Although I was a little nervous Emma was professional and friendly throughout the whole process and it was a lot of fun being turned into a clown. Below are a few of my favourite snaps from the shoot. 

I really loved Emma's idea, my favourite part of the look were the crystal lips overall the look somewhat reminds me of Queen Amidala. The photograph was also amazing and made me feel completely at ease and provided guidance. Personally I think I pulled of the sad clown look pretty well seeming as I have a moody face...

Let me know what you think.

Make up by Emma. (Instagram - peachberrymakeup and website) 
Photography by Deborah Selwood. (Instagram - Deborahselwood

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